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Should I set up a commercial aquaponic venture?

July 18, 2017
Rick Donnan

I have been a hobby grower using aquaponics for several years. I have had reasonable success although also some difficulties. I am considering setting up a commercial operation and have been reading your answers and articles on planning for commercial hydroponic growing. Would you have any extra advice relating to aquaponics, possibly organic?

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Barnaby Joyce delivers strong FAO Keynote Address

July 5, 2017

Australian Deputy Prime Minister, Barnaby Joyce, delivers a strong keynote address to a global audience at the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) Ministerial Conference held in Rome.

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Free Industry Trade Show

July 4, 2017

Looking for expert advice, the latest growing technology, or an opportunity to explore a career in commercial fresh food and flower production? The APEX-Brinkman Protected Cropping Australia biennial conference commences on Sunday 9 July at the Adelaide Convention Centre. The free Trade Show is open to the General Public from 3pm to 5pm. It will be the largest assembly of commercial hydroponic and greenhouse manufacturers, suppliers and service providers under one roof in the history of the Australian industry – an event not to be missed. Read More »

THE FINAL WORD: an opinion piece

June 30, 2017
Mike Nichols

Dr Mike Nichols Looks at the arguments for including Hydroponics and aquaponics in the certified organics system.

The world of organic horticulture is a very complex scene. In New Zealand, anyone can sell fruit and vegetables produce as organically grown, provided that they do not state that its production has been “certified” as organically grown by one of the organisations approved to give such certification under the Demeter or Biogro label. Read More »

Avoiding basic mistakes

June 30, 2017
Professor Venter

International hydroponics consultant Professor Gert Venter D. Eng; M. Eng (Agric) CUM LAUDE looks at some case studies, which illustrate why some greenhouse businesses in South Africa thrive while others fail. South Africa’s relatively young greenhouse industry is characterised by some spectacular successes but there are just too many projects that become total failures very soon after kick-off. Read More »

What is hydronic greenhouse heating?

June 24, 2017
Rick Donnan

I am a commercial grower of hydroponic tomatoes in basic unheated plastic tunnel houses. My yields are reasonable, but far lower than I am told growers achieve in good heated greenhouses.

I am considering upgrading to a better heated greenhouse. I often see references to hydronic heating as a common method for heating greenhouses. Would you please explain what hydronic heating is?

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Innovation Key Feature at Foodpro 2017

June 23, 2017
foodpro 2017

As foodpro 2017 nears, it’s clear that incredible new innovations from across the industry will again feature heavily across the show floor. In what will be the largest show yet, many of the technologies to be showcased at foodpro will create serious change for the food manufacturing industry. This event will be at the Sydney International Convention Centre Exhibition Building, Darling Harbour, from 16 – 19 July 2017.

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